Our Story

A mother-daughter passion project

Samak is a small project that my mother and I started out of our shared love for crafting. As someone who enjoys DIY projects, I always look for new ways to create something unique and beautiful, and my mother, with over 20 years of sewing experience, is always happy to join me in my endeavors.


Growing up, I always admired my grandmother's passion for creating, and the beautiful quilts she made. Whenever she visited from Korea, my mom and she would spend hours and days making quilts for everything in our house. It was a wonderful hobby that they could share and enjoy together, and it left an indelible impression on me.

When my grandmother passed away in 2016, I was heartbroken, but I also knew that I wanted to continue the tradition of making and creating with my mom. I had been wanting to add plants to my apartment, but the lighting wasn't sufficient, so I asked my mom to sew me a fabric cactus. This was the inspiration for Samak.



Samak is a tribute to our favorite cacti and desert plants. It has a realistic and unrealistic desert plant aesthetic that is perfect for nurseries, living rooms, hallways, and office spaces. Whether you have a black thumb or a green thumb, Samak is something that everyone can appreciate and love. We hope that it brings you the same joy that plants or any greenery may bring into a space without the hassle of watering or ensuring it gets enough sunlight.

As someone with a background in product design and e-commerce, I have always had a passion for designing and selling products, and Samak is no exception. It is a labor of love, and we pour our hearts into every product we create. We want to share our love for crafting with the world, and we hope that Samak can be a small part of that.

Julia Kim (Daughter) & Dong Hee Kim (Mother)


Photographer: Hannah Garvin

@samakcactus in the desert